Week 2 Mailbag
Only one week into the season and with all of the news and injuries it feels like we are well into a playoff push. With only one week of data and plenty of fresh faces, there are plenty of question marks for the Fantasy GM. So let’s get right into your Fantasy Football Week 2 mailbag.
A.J Brown Vs. Will Fuller
Will fuller or AJ brown this week? PPR scoring
— Alex William (@robochuck20ten) September 11, 2019
Last week A.J. Brown surprised everyone with 100 yards receiving on only 4 targets against the Cleveland Browns and many are going to feel tempted to plug him into lineups for Week 2. But in no way would I recommend plugging in Brown and moving Will Fuller to your bench.
First off, Marcus Mariota threw the ball only 24 times the entire game. Brown is second, at best, in terms of the pecking order. Or 4th in the worst-case scenario, behind Delanie Walker, Corey Davis, and Dion Lewis. Brown was, after all, only on the field for 43% of their offensive snaps. That just doesn’t leave enough volume for Brown and makes his fantasy day dependent on him being hyper-efficient against Indianapolis, who last week bottled up everyone not named Keenan Allen.
Fuller, on the other hand, played 97% of the teams’ offensive snaps and is the clear No.2 opposite DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans, under Bill O’Brien, throw the ball early and often when they have a healthy Deshaun Watson, averaging well above the league average in pass attempts.
Fuller has a tough matchup against the Jacksonville defense in Week 2, but Kansas City proved that defense is mortal. After one week it’s weakness appears to be speed, Fuller’s specialty. With their focus on DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller should have plenty of green space to make a big play or two happen.
Patriots Invade Miami?
Can I start both Sony Michel and Josh Gordon this week? Over Godwin and Kupp as my WR2?
— Petey Wubbs (@petey_wubbz) September 12, 2019
You can start both Sony Michel and Josh Gordon this week. If the Baltimore Ravens can put up 50+ points on Miami, then the Patriots are going to be able to do whatever they want on their trip down south. That being said, I wouldn’t. Whereas New England will be able to score at will, the main beneficiary of that is apt to be Michel. After Tom Brady and company take a commanding lead, I expect this game to get iced by the running game, limiting Gordon’s potential output this week. So let’s examine which receiver to roll with.
Godwin & Kupp are both on the field a great deal more than Gordon and the matchups are a dead giveaway to me. Godwin playing in Carolina is a matchup I would rather avoid. Kupp dealt with this very matchup in Week 1, and while he saw a lot of targets they didn’t give him much room to work with as we only recorded 4.6 yards-per-target.
The Rams hosting the Saints in Los Angeles, I expect Kupp to command a quarter of the targets again as Goff’s go-to receiver. With a 51.5 line and the Rams favored in this game, the desert is pretty sure this is going to be a high scoring game and I want a piece of that offense in my lineup.
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